The main area of research is human speech communication, we study different areas of speech production and perception, how speech sounds are created and how different language speech sounds are perceived and registered by humans. Our researchers are also involved in studies of how humans acquire the spoken language, how infants learn the ambient language and start to talk.

“Spädbarnets språkvärld” (Infants’ language ecology) is the cover name for several ongoing projects in our Phonetics Laboratory. The general aim of these projects is the experimental study of how humans acquire spoken language. Issues in language development involve multidisciplinary research interfacing with scientific fields like Biology, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences, opening an exciting ground for scientific international cooperation with research teams addressing issues in children’s motor development and speech perception. Our multidisciplinary exchange involves e.g. engineers and neurologists and the implementation of technical platforms to test hypotheses triggered by our studies of communicative behavior in children and other mammalians such as gerbils, dolphins, seals. One such example is our international collaboration in projects aiming at building humanoid-robotic-systems for studies of early cognitive development.

Our Phonetics Laboratory offers excellent research facilities for advanced, multi-disciplinary and experimental studies of speech production and perception. Among its major technical resources, there are Advanced Signal Processing, Eye Tracking cameras, electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), electropalatography (EPG) and an echo-free chamber. This allows us to carry out advanced acoustic measurements of speech sounds produced by speakers of different ages, dialects or under different communication settings, as well as carrying out measurements of muscular electrical activity during speech production, measurements of articulatory movements of the jaw, lips and tongue, in addition to measurements of neocortical activity associated with the production and/or perception of speech.